Lynx lose affiliation with Anaheim

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A two-year working relationship between the Augusta Lynx and the Anaheim Ducks came to an end on Wednesday when the National Hockey League team announced it will use the Bakersfield Condors as an ECHL affiliate for the 2008-09 season.

The Condors are only 144 miles from Anaheim, while the Lynx make their home three time zones and more than 2,300 miles away.

A Lynx press release sent out Wednesday evening indicated the difference in distance was one of the reasons for the split.

"Obviously, geographic location played a big factor in this decision and we can certainly understand the reasoning behind it," Lynx head coach Bob Ferguson said. "We had a great relationship with the Ducks and will continue to follow the players we have become familiar with in their ultimate quest to make it to the NHL."

Ten members of the 2007-08 Lynx roster were signed with Anaheim and won't return to Augusta in the fall as a result. They include forwards Matt Christie, Ryan Dingle, Matt Auffrey, Bobby Bolt, Shane Hynes and Geoff Peters, defenseman Adrian Veideman and goaltenders Bobby Goepfert and J.P. Levasseur.

Ferguson said the search for a new NHL affiliate will begin immediately. Eight NHL teams don't have an ECHL affiliate for the 2008-09 season, according to

"There's no question affiliations are valuable," Ferguson said. "Both in terms of the players you get from them, and then one of the ways to sign free agents is to have that attraction of an affiliate where they can have the opportunity to move up to the AHL."

Ferguson said it is possible the Lynx could play the 2008-09 season without an NHL affiliate but the team hopes to avoid such a situation.

"If that happened it wouldn't be by our choice, but it's happened before and it's not the end of the world," Ferguson said.

The Lynx would like to have a deal in place with an NHL team before the free-agency signing period begins on July 1.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 823-3216 or


The Lynx have been an official affiliate of at least one NHL team in six of their 10 seasons in Augusta:

1998-99......New Jersey/Vancouver

1999-2000......New Jersey/Vancouver









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PTHS2 05/22/08 - 04:42 am
I assume this also ends our

I assume this also ends our relationship with Portland. Can anybody confirm that? Thanks for the news, Billy.

poke-check 05/22/08 - 08:11 am
According to the Bakersfield

According to the Bakersfield press release, they are now affiliated with the Ducks and Portland at the AHL level. Hopefully Ferguson will be able to solidify another affiliation. I hate to see this one end as I feel the Anaheim organization was good to us. But maybe a new affiliate will be even better.

C_Roy48 05/22/08 - 05:12 pm
This will end the affiliation

This will end the affiliation with Portland as well, but I am not sure for how long. The Ducks will also be leaving Portland as soon as their season is over. It's expected that Buffalo will be coming to Portland and maybe the Sabres will form an affiliation agreement with Augusta because it's been a good relationship between the two cities.

Dan Lehr
Dan Lehr 05/24/08 - 10:15 am
As a fan is this extra power

As a fan is this extra power from great players great ? Not if they are gone most of the season. You take a team and start the season with all players knowing there line mates and BAM one or two players are gone. In comes the fill in and we look like a comedy team! I know players want to move up but at what price to the team and the fans.Yes we made the play offs but with call in players from our affiliates . If they were winning we would have been out of luck.As a coach I see what the system wants from him but as a business man losing teams do not bring in cash to keep the team alive.For a family of 4 who wants to pay close to 75.00 dollars for a nite out to watch a team fumble and lose a game.

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